Elopement Incidents That Lead To Injuries And Fatalities

“Elopement” (or wandering) from health care facilities (such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities) is a continuing potential hazard for residents in these facilities.  This wandering has been discussed before on this site.  If patients wander outside of the facility, they can be placed in jeopardy, especially since many who wander from the facility have dementia or other mental health impairments. There have been many elopement incidents that have led to the death of the nursing home resident.

Often, incidents of this type that lead to a fatality is followed by the resident’s family filing a lawsuit claiming negligence in the care of the resident.

Recently there has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed over the alleged elopement incident that led to an accidental fatal fall. The Philadelphia health care facility was
a continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed in the March 20, 2019 Philly.com article titled “Philadelphia retirement home sued over death of woman who fell 15 feet onto sidewalk“: 

An excerpt from the article:

The family of a 78-year-old woman with dementia who wandered from a Northwest Philadelphia retirement community and fell to her death sued the facility and its security firm on Wednesday, accusing them of negligence and wrongful death.

According to the suit, filed in Common Pleas Court, Barbara Jones-Davis, who was visually impaired because of glaucoma and had a history of wandering, left Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, also known as Stapeley Hall, in Germantown through a side door on July 8, 2018, at 5:36 p.m. Video surveillance shows her walking alone outside for 23 minutes.

As further discussed in the article, Jones-Davis apparently fell from the property onto a sidewalk 15 feet below, and suffered serious injuries including brain trauma (a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain).

Additional details regarding elopement incidents and their consequences can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

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